👩‍❤️‍👨 Pros & Cons Of Watching Porn – Should You Avoid Porn in 2024

First off, if you watch porn, don’t be ashamed. There’s nothing wrong with you. Most people do porn, yet many people don’t admit to it or lie about it.

The statistics on this are all over the place.

In a general statement, considering current research for 2024 –  about 80% of men and 35% of women watch porn.

However, these statistics aren’t very accurate. There are people who look at magazines and don’t consider that as porn, and it is.

Why Do People Watch Porn

So the next question is, WHY do people even watch porn, to begin with?

Of course, the first answer is that they want to “get off”.

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However, there are other reasons. For example, some also watch it to:

  • Get themselves in the “mood” and increase sexual desire. This might be more so with women.
  • Curiosity is another reason. Maybe you want to know more about some specific type of sexual act or whatever… you know, just use your imagination
  • And one of the biggest reasons younger people watch porn is to learn. You can see how it’s done, what turns a person on, techniques, and so forth. It might give you a much-needed confidence boost.

What Are The Pros & Cons Of Porn?

So, let’s talk about the pros and cons of watching porn. What might be a benefit or a negative?

When might porn be good or bad for you?

Benefits & Pros

I’m sure many people will say there ARE no benefits and you’re going to hell. But, we need to be open-minded and not judgemental.

For example, one benefit of watching porn, especially with your partner, is to add spice to your sex life.

As I stated earlier, many people watch porn to learn. Maybe the best way to give oral sex. Or different positions. How to give someone an orgasm.

HOWEVER, there’s a lot of stuff in porn that is NOT good to learn and perform. But I’ll get to this later.

Women may watch porn to allow themselves to masturbate and thus, get more in touch with their bodies, which will help when they have sex with their partner.

Negatives & Cons

Unfortunately, porn can have a lot more negatives than positives.

If you are addicted to porn and are watching it many times a day, every single day, then this can be a major problem because:

  • It can rob you of valuable time
  • Causing you to disconnect from and avoid an actual relationship and having sex with a partner.
  • Creates an unrealistic reality of sex. Thus, the “real world” can be a big letdown.
  • This letdown can cause you to not perform or get as aroused when it comes to the actual act of having intercourse with a real person.
  • Also, there’s a lot of stuff in porn that you should NOT do, and can be destructive to a relationship. It’s stuff that many women would hate to have done to them.
  • Watching a lot of porn and masturbating all the time, can cause performance or erectile problems.
  • Because you are watching porn and hence, a voyeur, it can create false expectations about real-life sex.
  • Watching porn can definitely cause you to be insecure. The guys have extra big penises and it’s always hard. The women are very attractive and always ready to go. It’s all very unrealistic.

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Now, there are other negative hormonal and chemical effects of watching too much porn…

Such as negative effects on dopamine levels and sensitivity. This can lead to addiction, which is a huge topic that I get a lot of private messages about from guys.

Or if you watch a lot of porn and also masturbate, then negative changes in testosterone, prolactin, cortisol, estrogen, and so forth.

But like anything in life, “the poison is in the dose”. This means that any drug can kill you if you take a high enough dose.

And porn can be very bad for you if it’s consuming your life. It can detach you from relationships and true intimacy with someone special on a much deeper level of joy and satisfaction.

Lastly, porn, especially the hardcore stuff, can be bad for brain and personality development for teenagers, so keep that in mind. Again, this is a huge topic by itself.

Bottom line

The truth is that these days, because of the internet, it’s hard to escape porn and other forms of sexually explicit content.

You definitely do NOT need porn to have a healthy sex life.

People who are anti-porn make some very valid points. It can be a dirty and unhealthy industry.

However, that doesn’t mean that many people can’t explore some porn occasionally and enjoy it without any negativity.